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Got Gingham? Designers Do for Spring 2015
February 08, 2015


Fashion After 50 has long heralded gingham as a summer classic style. This year, fashion arbiter Vogue declares it one of 10 fashion trends for spring-summer 2015. As if gingham ever really goes out of style.

Ralph Lauren is one among designers showing this ever-popular checked fabric is his collection: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Long-Sleeve Gingham Shirt

We will see more gingham on the rack, so 2015 is a good time to choose something nice to add to your permanent wardrobe. A blouse, slacks, or dress will last for seasons to come if you take proper care of the garment.

Another nice thing about gingham and checks is , cotton has proved a great way to stay cool in summer. You can read about why organic cotton is more expensive here.

Gingham traditionally was a small red-and-white check. Now we see it in green-and-white, blue-and-white, yellow-and-white, and other colors.

One of the prettiest is this blue
Gingham Check Pintuck Tunic. The empire waistline will conceal tummy and add feminine flourish.

Brushed Flannel Plaid Dress

Some designers have given gingham a bold new look by enlarging the squares, so it is more like a plaid. While Vogue groups these fabrics into the category of gingham, Serengeti refers to it as a buffalo plaid in the flannel black-and-white shirtwaist dress shown here: Brushed Flannel Plaid Dress. Just remember that horizontal lines draw the eye across. This can visually increase the spread across our posterior.

We may even see additional colors added to the small-check fabrics, to create a plaid made of checks.

I like the new look of the bigger, bolder gingham checks. So keep your eyes peeled for an expression of this fashion trend that is right for you.


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"But the kitchen will not come into its own again until it ceases to be a status symbol and becomes again a workshop. It may be pastel. It may be ginghamed as to curtains and shining with copper. But you and I will know it chiefly by its fragrances and its clutter. At the back of the stove will sit a soup kettle . . . Cabinet doors will gape ajar and colored surfaces are likely to be littered with salt and pepper and flour and herbs . . . It won't be neat. It won't even look efficient, but when you enter you will feel the pulse of life throbbing from every corner." -- Phyllis McGinley


Gingham and soup, the words of this week's quotation spoke to me. Gingham is back in fashion. Healing cabbage soup reposes in the refrigerator, and as I wrote this, turkey broth bubbled in a crockpot to be finished with wild rice, broccolini, and leek.

Even though I wrote this newsletter more than a day before reading this on Tanishka Moon Woman's FB page, gingham and cooking apparently is in the air; she wrote:

"Libra is also the optimal lunar sign if you want your bread & cakes to rise well so dare to strap on your gingham & head to the kitchen."

I have managed to cook an entire Thankgiving dinner in a Pullman kitchen no bigger than a suitcase. I have never had one of the lavishly appointed kitchens featured in magazines today.

Granite and stainless steel shimmer from magazine spreads and -- how would I ever keep those appliances free of greasy fingerprints?

But it is the cooking that nourishes, not the appurtenances, no matter how costly and glamorous.

Our society thrives on the glitter and shine of surfaces and commodities. We have to dig deep, intentionally and consciously, to get to the sweet inner heart of the onion of our Self.

In this search for my inner truth, I find that I need less and appreciate more. It is soupier in there and less clear than I believed in my youth, but it is tastier and more satisfying.

May you find your own journey as rich and blessed and nourishing as a pot of home cooked soup.

Peace and blessings.

Enid Sefcovic, Publisher, Fashion After 50
3700 Inverrary Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL

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